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Morning Star Farm


Morning Star Farm is a small scale family owned and operated Biodynamic farm located north of Taos, New Mexico in the high altitude terrain of Northern New Mexico. We are passionate about garlic, and grow a wide variety of great tasting heirloom vegetables too!

Farmer Melinda Bateman teaches classes, offers consulting services here in the US and internationally; si habla espanol.

Check out our schedule of events and classes below, order some of our great garlic, and experience some of the fun and magic of Morning Star Farm.


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Winter - Spring 2018  

Finally a snowy winter day in which to catch up with unfinished chores, like writing an update about whats been happening on Morning Star Farm this past year!

Maybe the biggest news of all is that I finally brought the milk cow and her calf onto the farm. Isadora and Buttons arrived in September. I was hoping to bring Isadora onto the farm a few weeks before she calved, but I missed the timing, so Forrest and I drove up to Paonia Colorado 10 days after Buttons was born and brought them home. It has been a big learning curve for me, getting used to handling an animal with horns on her head, but things have progressed well and she and her calf seem happy. Buttons is quite friendly and likes getting out for walks on his lead rope. Isadora is older and more set in her ways, maybe she will come to trust me enough to go out for walks too. Food is a big incentive in her cow world so when the grass turns green in the spring she might be better behaved. In the meantime we have settled into a comfortable milking schedule and I am enjoying all the great yogurt, cream, cheese and manure. The cows are a Dexter-Jersey cross and have that great 5% butterfat ratio, there is a thick cap of cream on all the milk bottles.

I am still pursing garlic as a main crop for income. To that end Stan Crawford and his son Atom came up to the farm in November and we planted 18 beds with his tractor and 4 row garlic planter. Amazing that it only took 4 hours! Perhaps equipment is what will allow me to farm into my old age? Planting by hand takes a few hours for each bed.

I grew, harvested and delivered Salad Mix through the summer and now into the winter using the unheated greenhouse. An old friend bought me a salad mix cutter for my birthday and Rowan and I did a trial run in December with it. I have some new beds of salad mix that will be ready to harvest this week, so now I can really use the new machine and see how much labor it will save me, I'm excited.

I traveled to Zacatecas Mexico in June to work on a project installing school gardens with every 7th grade class room in their state. 70 schools in total was the goal. We managed to install 7 in 10 days. Gloria Hidrogo, a successful artist gave a inspirational speech at each school, then a Ag extension agent had the kids chop up ground to make beds, install a drip irrigation system and plant seeds. My job was to build a Biodynamic compost pile at each garden site.The students where very enthusiastic and engaged with the garden. It was great work, but the government didn't have the funding to follow through so the project is on hold for now.

The New Mexico Biodynamic group met 4 times this past year in Santa Fe. We made 500, 501, Barrel Compost and have a batch of Nettle preparation in the ground that will be ready next June. I hosted a gathering in November after Enzo Nastati taught in Santa Fe. I showed everyone his potentizing techniques and we finished a compost pile that I had that was ready for Biodynamic preps to be added to it. Enzo talked about drought and growing in our high altitude climate. New ideas and possible techniques to try out.

I am also experimenting with using black plastic coverings for weed suppression. I was afraid in the past that it would kill off all the microbial life in the soil, but upon further research I feel more comfortable that the microbial life just sinks deeper into the soil and rises back up to the surface when the plastic is removed.

I have the good fortune to be able to attend the Fellowship of the Prep Makers in Red Boiling Springs Tennessee in February. It will take place at Jeff Poppen's farm, he is also known as the Barefoot farmer. I have always wanted to attend one of these conferences and see Jeff's farm, so I have something fun and educational to look forward to.

Happy Growing!
Farmer Melinda

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Let an expert guide you thru the learning curve of setting up and using your backyard garden or commercial farm to it’s fullest potential.

With over 20 years of experience as a Market Gardener in Taos New Mexico utilizing Organic and Biodynamic methods, Melinda Bateman has a wealth of knowledge to share.

Season extension techniques, drip irrigation systems, composting and seed saving top the list, and are just the start of what Melinda has to offer. Melinda can guide you through the multitude of choices for your region and micro climate so that you have a successful and abundant garden or farm right from the start.

 

 

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February
2nd & 3rd

Principles and Practical Applications of Biodynamic Agriculture

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February
17th & 18th

New Mexico Biodynamic Group Meeting

Santa Fe, NM